For some reason, it seems that impaired drivers are often a greater danger to others than they are to themselves. Every year, impaired drivers cause numerous fatal motor vehicle accidents in Ontario. In a recent incident, an impaired motorist crashed a vehicle, but it was the passenger that suffered the ultimate consequence for the driver’s negligence.
The accident happened April 29, in southwestern Ontario. Around 8 p.m. two people were travelling eastbound in a Jeep along Highway 3 outside of Windsor. The driver lost control and the vehicle rolled over. As a result of the accident, the driver suffered injuries that were not considered a danger to his life. Unfortunately, the passenger in the vehicle suffered very serious injuries, and emergency workers pronounced him dead at the scene.
The driver received treatment in a nearby hospital for his injuries. Ontario Provincial Police officers arrested the driver and charged him with impaired driving. A full investigation of the accident is still underway.
Fatal motor vehicle accidents are terrible tragedies for the families of the victims. Knowing the cause was entirely avoidable, such as an impaired driver, just compounds the suffering. Although no amount of money can bring back a loved one, financial compensation for suffering and out-of-pocket damages can bring some welcome relief, especially if the lack of income from the deceased person will cause hardship. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows that the days following a fatal accident are an emotional time for a family. A lawyer’s skill and dedication to a client’s needs may be what it takes to bring about a much-needed settlement.
Source: windsorstar.com, “Charges laid after fatal single-vehicle crash on Highway 3“, April 30, 2017